To be an American is when you work hard for your things you want and need, and when we help others succeed that are in your life, your job, or team.
First off, team-work was how America was founded, we fought a war against Britain that had the strongest Empire in the world at the time. We had untrained soldiers, that's when America used teamwork and believed they could do it. That's how they won, with American pride.
Secondly, our economy is one of the most important things for America to have. Without it, we won't be able to earn money or get a paying job. With our economy, we can make billions of dollars. America can use that to make more goods and jobs. This allows us to manufacture items for our military and civilian life goods. This is something that makes our country great.
Lastly, our patriotic acts that won us the war for independence from Britain, we still use today. We need to be patriotic for the military. We want to show we love America and want it to live and not die. We use it for politics to show we are willing to keep America living and not to let America fall and die out. As a normal civilian, we show Patriotic acts by having protests and voting or applying for the military.
In conclusion, hard work, teamwork, religious, and patriotic beliefs show others what it means to be an American.“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” - Benjamin Franklin